Activism: 9.11: Feel, Think and Respond
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on
U.S. soil, it is imperative that we remember our lessons from the
past, learn what we can from the present, and work toward a safer
future for all beings on the planet.
This page provides links to essays that relate in one way or another to
the 9:11 bombing, its causes and aftermath, including the ensuing wars on
Afghanistan and Iraq. This page is also a gateway to the the Think List,
a place to share your feelings, thoughts and suggestions for
response via email.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do
the children of man as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no
safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring
adventure, or nothing.
-- Helen Keller
September 1, 1939
- A poem by W.H. Auden, written at the beginning of WW2, as the
Nazis trashed Poland...
Bewildering the Herd [1990.09.07]
- Noam Chomsky interviewed by The Humanist associate editor Rick Szykowny
Metaphor and War: The Metaphor System Used to Justify War in the
Metaphor and War, Again [2003.03.18]
- by George Lakoff, Linguistics Department, UC Berkeley
Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources
For a New Century [2000.09]
- The Iraq War has been in the making for over a decade [download PDF]
The current crises in the Middle East: What can we do? [2000.12.14]
- A lecture by MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, world-renowned linguist,
scholar and political analyst (a bit ahead of his time...)
The Secret Behind the Sanctions [2001.08.28]
- by Thomas J. Nagy for The Progressive.
- "Over the last two years, I've discovered documents of the Defense
Intelligence Agency proving beyond a doubt that, contrary to the
Geneva Convention, the U.S. government intentionally used sanctions
against Iraq to degrade the country's water supply after the Gulf
War. The United States knew the cost that civilian Iraqis, mostly
children, would pay, and it went ahead anyway."
The Dalai Lama's letter to the President of the United States
of America [2001.09.12]
- "...I personally believe we need to think seriously whether a
violent action is the right thing to do and in the greater interest of
the nation and people in the long run."
An Afghan-American speaks [2001.09.14]
- "You can't bomb us back into the Stone Age. We're already
there. But you can start a new world war, and that's exactly what
Osama bin Laden wants."
Where The Violence Comes From [2001.09.16]
- by Rabbi Michael Lerner Editor, TIKKUN Magazine.
A clear concise summary of the enormity of the changes needed to
bring a lasting peace into this world
Cultivating Compassion To Respond To Violence: The Way Of
- from Thich Nhat Hanh
Noam Chomsky on the attacks [2001.09.19]
- An exclusive interview from Radio B92, Belgrade
Why Liberty Suffers in War Time [2001.09.24]
- by Declan McCullough
What I Would Say to Osama bin Laden [2001.09.24]
- Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh talks about how listening is the first
step towards peace.
Embracing Anger [2001.09.25]
- A Public Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh at the Riverside Church, New York
Crypto doesn't kill - people do [2001.09.28]
Slashdot]: Bravo to News.com for telling the truth about
cryptography. On a per-word basis, this may be the best summary of
why calls to ban or restrict encryption technology (as with
government key escrow, or constrained key sizes) has little to do
with enhancing national or world security.
Crypto-Gram Newsletter Special Issue [2001.09.30]
- by Bruce Schneier, Founder and CTO, Counterpane Internet Security, Inc.
Ten Things to Know About the Middle East [2001.10.01]
- Well written information by Stephen Zunes, associate professor of
politics and chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Program at the
University of San Francisco.
The War In Afghanistan Talking Points: 47 Questions and
- In the course of our discussions since the bombing of Afghanistan
began, we have encountered certain questions over and over. Here we
assemble those questions and provide short answers to each. In some
cases we also provide a link or two for additional immediately
relevant information or commentary. Much more information can be
found via: ZNet's
Complete Terrorism & War Coverage.
September 11 [2001.10.16]
- by Chris Hables Gray
- "Despite the TV Network logos (America's New War -- CNN) and the
protestations of President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001 did not
mark the beginning of a new war. At the most it marks a new stage of
what really should be called The Second Cold War."
Chomsky: The New War Against Terror [2001.10.18]
- Transcribed from audio recorded at The Technology & Culture Forum at MIT
Beware of Sunshine Patriots [2001.10.23]
- by Steve Kubby
- "Showing solidarity with the President may seem patriotic, but no
one has the right to barter away our inalienable rights, especially the
Congress, since their oath requires them to defend the Constitution and
the rights it guarantees. Yes it's terrible that 5,000 innocent people
were so brutally slaughtered on 9/11, but we must remember that
hundreds of thousands of brave American patriots also paid the ultimate
price to preserve our heritage of freedom."
EFF Analysis Of The Provisions Of The USA PATRIOT Act [2001.10.31]
- On October 26, 2001, President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act (USAPA)
into law. With this law we have given sweeping new powers to both
domestic law enforcement and international intelligence agencies and have
eliminated the checks and balances that previously gave courts the
opportunity to ensure that these powers were not abused.
It Seems to Me
- A Just Cause, Not a Just War, by Howard Zinn
- The arguments he makes about the attack on Afghanistan apply if not more so
to the Iraq attack.
The War in Afghanistan [2001.12.30]
- By Noam Chomsky (Excerpted from Lakdawala lecture, New Delhi)
Ignorance is not bliss [2002.01.02]
- Lack of reporting civilian casualties from the war in Afghanistan
is keeping Americans in the dark -- and endangering their future.
- by Roberto J. Gonzalez, San Francisco Chronicle
US thinktanks give lessons in foreign policy [2002.08.19]
- Brian Whitaker reports on the network of research institutes whose
views and TV appearances are supplanting all other experts on Middle
The president's real goal in Iraq [2002.09.29]
- This war, should it come, is intended to mark the official
emergence of the United States as a full-fledged global empire,
seizing sole responsibility and authority as planetary policeman.
You Are a Suspect [2002.11.14]
- by William Safire
- A warning about Homeland Security and the USA PATRIOT Act.
This Is the Reality of War. We Bomb. They Suffer [2003.03.23]
- by Robert Fisk
Whose War? [2003.03.24]
- A neoconservative clique seeks to ensnare our country in a series
of wars that are not in America's interest.
Concentration: Civil Liberties, especially with respect to:
Will our Liberty and Freedom be the first casualties?
Electronic Media, Networks and On-Line Freedoms
(see also: Privacy and
ACLU's Safe and Free Page
- Check out their excellent chart comparing current and future
Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
- Do you know your online rights? Are you concerned about liability for
information that someone else posted to your online forum?
Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First
Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities.
Chilling Effects of Anti-Terrorism (EFF)
The right to free speech faces the strongest challenges during
times of crisis. Whether or not any of us agree about each
particular decision made to prevent public access to sensitive
information, it is the Electronic Frontier Foundation's
responsibility to chart any such efforts so that we as a society
are at least aware of what is no longer available to us.
HomelandSecurity.org - a resource of national defense organizations
- a nonprofit public service research institute that publishes a
weekly email newsletter
- Endorsed by EPIC and 150 other organizations
- the place to find factual, no-nonsense information about the
tension between liberty and security during wartime.
The following links, collected in 1995 relating to the Persian Gulf
War, still contain interesting and relevant information
Web pages on the World at War (Thanks,
Chronology of the Gulf War (Frontline)
Military History - a timeline
What Uncle Sam Really Wants: Chomsky on Panama
Distortions at Fourth Hand: Chomsky on Cambodia
Active wars and casualties world wide (12/31/1996)
- From the
Center for Defense Information
The Gulf War - a summary
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
A Record of Misery: mass killing in the past five years